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BUSINESS BULLETIN 126 / 2000

Tuesday 29 August 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 25 and 28 August 2000

 

 

S1W-9403 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has been given by the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the ability of the SQA to discharge efficiently its functions in relation to this year's examinations and whether any of this information has been inaccurate.

S1W-9404 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of any additional costs which will be incurred by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) or itself arising from the situation in relation to this year's Scottish examinations; whether it has received from the SQA an estimate of any such costs; whether it will place its estimate of these costs in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and whether it will include within this estimate details of any additional costs covering (a) overtime paid to staff, (b) costs of recruitment, (c) payment to additional workers, (d) any payments of higher rates to markers if this has been necessary because of any shortage of markers, (e) any hire of extra premises including any use of an indoor bowling club and (f) any additional costs in relation to handling of appeals including remarking of papers.

S1W-9405 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any person or body acting on its behalf sought to influence statements by Professor Lindsay Paterson of Edinburgh University regarding the examination system.

S1W-9406 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will quantify the impact on the number of school pupils admitted to further or higher education this year of any difficulties with the examination marking process.

S1W-9407 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the provision and availability of targeted access to capital finance as part of its enterprise review and its social inclusion strategies.

S1W-9408 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial start-up support it is able to give to community or micro-finance initiatives.

S1W-9409 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital beds there are in each Health Board area per thousand population.

S1W-9410 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of recent court decisions allowing bail for persons charged with murder, it intends to ensure that trials in these cases proceed within 110 days as would be the case were the accused person remanded in custody.

S1W-9412 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a system of accreditation or quality control for registered voluntary advice centres exists and, if not, what plans it has to introduce such a system.

S1W-9419 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations have been made by police forces to cope with any increase in the numbers of asylum seekers.

S1W-9420 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any policy has been developed across all police forces for addressing racist attacks and abuse aimed at the growing refugee population.

S1W-9421 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what training the police have undergone in preparation for the dispersal of asylum seekers.

S1W-9422 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8805 by Sarah Boyack on 21 August 2000, whether it is satisfied that the timescale for all possible planning and legal procedures in connection with the Glasgow Southern Orbital is such that procurement of it and the M77 through a single Public Private Partnership will entail no delays in the projected timescale for completion of the A77/M77 upgrade.

S1W-9423 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments it has made to (i) industrial heritage museums, (ii) national museums and (iii) other museums in each of the last three years and whether it will specify which payments were made to which establishment and whether such payments were made for a designated purpose.

S1W-9424 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement of 16 June 2000 that additional funding is to be allocated to the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange, what conditions of funding have to be met in order for this funding to be granted.

S1W-9425 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of its decision on funding the Scottish Mining Museum, whether it will consider giving financial assistance to Dunaskin Industrial Heritage and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-9426 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments have been made from the Heritage Lottery Fund to (i) national Scottish museums, (ii) industrial heritage museums and (iii) other museums in each of the last three years, what funding was made available to each individual museum under this scheme and for what purpose funding was given.

S1W-9427 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any external finance limits were undershot for the last financial year by public bodies within its responsibility and, if so, by which bodies.

S1W-9428 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any external finance limits were overshot by public bodies within its responsibility for the last financial year and, if so, by which bodies and what action was taken in response.

S1W-9429 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken by the NHS management executive to performance manage health boards in order to increase the number of women commencing breast feeding from 48% towards the 62% level in England and Wales. R

S1W-9430 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Chief Scientist Office has to contribute to Scottish, UK or European studies into the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) in view of the incidence of MS in Scotland. R

S1W-9431 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to monitor the application of the 60 million funds released to health boards in respect of the division between the priorities defined by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 2 May 2000. R

S1W-9432 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Health Technology Board for Scotland will issue guidance, in the light of current evidence, on the use of Beta Interferon A, Beta Interferon B and copaxone in the treatment of primary progressive, secondary progressive and relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. R

S1W-9433 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce legislation to limit the height of hedges in residential gardens.

S1W-9434 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and guidance it will be providing to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency about the Agency's consideration of the environmental impact assessment of the proposal by Babcock Rosyth Defence Limited to store radioactive waste on land at Rosyth from HMS Renown.

S1W-9435 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tonnes of intermediate radioactive waste are currently being stored broken down by location.

S1W-9436 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many miles were travelled by each Minister using the Government car service in the last financial year.

S1W-9437 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the full costs, including fuel, drivers' salaries, insurance, road fund tax and servicing in (i) the last financial year and (ii) the current financial year to the end of August of providing the Government car service for Ministerial use.

S1W-9438 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were received for money under the mental illness specific grant; how many applications were successful also shown as a percentage of the total number of applications, and how much money was released under the grant, broken down by local authority or by whichever area is available, for each of the last five years.

S1W-9439 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of match funding is required from local authorities for each grant under the mental illness specific grant, how much extra money was awarded to each local authority on the introduction of this grant and what percentage of these applications was turned down and for what amount of money because the local authority could not match fund them.

S1W-9440 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have received grants from the mental illness specific grant and how much money they have received, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-9441 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the level of mental illness specific grant available in each year since its introduction.

S1W-9442 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to up-rate the mental illness specific grant in line with inflation.

S1W-9443 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the aggregate external finance required by local authorities for social work mental health services in each of the last three years and whether it has any plans to increase this figure for future years in the light of this assessment.

S1W-9444 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the number of (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients being treated for mental illness on an annual basis for each of the last five years, broken down by health board.

S1W-9445 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many carers who look after people with mental illness it estimates have received respite care and how many it estimates have required respite care but not received it on an annual basis since 1995.

S1W-9446 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Her Majesty's Government on the development of a national (UK) intermediate radioactive waste depository.

S1W-9447 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist the manufacturing and agricultural sectors of the economy in the light of the recent move of the Scottish economy into recession.

S1W-9448 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to boost the economy following the recent move of the Scottish economy into recession.

S1W-9449 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8844 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 14 August 2000, when the feasibility study into integrated broadband communications for Scottish schools will be published and whether it will recommend adoption of a broadband width system. R

S1W-9450 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any powers to require utilities and local authorities to co-operate in the undergrounding of overhead cable and wires for environmental reasons.

S1W-9451 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made or intends to make any funds available to local authorities or others to encourage the undergrounding of existing overhead cables and wires for environmental reasons.

S1W-9452 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the independent management consultant's report commissioned by the Scottish Tourist Board from PriceWaterhouseCoopers will be made public.

S1W-9453 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8452 by Iain Gray on 17 July 2000, what the most up-to-date figure for the amount of delayed discharges is following the census on 20 June 2000.

S1W-9454 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will itemise the costs, including the staff costs, for the preparation, printing, photography, design, publication and distribution of Creating our Future, Minding our Past.

S1W-9455 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will itemise the cost of the focus group, including travel, fees and subsistence expenses, and the public consultation exercise which led to the publication of its National Cultural Strategy document Creating our Future, Minding our Past.

S1W-9456 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those bodies and individuals who gave evidence or made suggestions during the consultation process for the National Cultural Strategy.

S1W-9457 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will itemise the costs of the launch event for the National Cultural Strategy, including the hire of musicians and performers.

 

 
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